When it comes to designing a child’s bedroom, there are unlimited options open to create a perfect space for a youngster to sleep, relax and play. But where do you start and how can you find the right elements that will tick all of your little one’s boxes?
Don’t be too theme-specific
Before you get carried away with funky wallpapers and cute accessories, think about what sort of things you know your child would like. Try not to put too much of your own personal preferences into the design process. Although it’s good to have a bit of your own input, try and decide on things that you know your child likes and see it from their point of view.
However, bear in mind that children are fickle creatures. If they want to decorate their room based on their favourite character or theme, be aware that they may be into something else in a few weeks’ time. So the time and expense you lovingly put into styling their room may well soon go out of favour.
Avoid blue and pink
Boys like blue and girls like pink, right? Whoever came up with that? You don’t need to design your kid’s bedroom based on this outdated notion, because there is so much more you can do these days. Try to think original and unique. Browse the internet for unusual ideas, such as having one feature wall with a giant map of the world, planets in space or a colourful display of butterfly prints.
Designing a child’s bedroom should involve the child, so get them on board and unleash their creativity. They may wish to draw a selection of pictures to peg on a cute line across the room, design some arty paper chains or use block paints to create a motif or design on the back of a door or small wall area. Getting them involved seals the identity that it’s their room and let’s them add the personal touch.
Choose durable paints
When it comes to picking paints out for your kid’s bedroom, you might want to opt for one that is durable and easy to wipe clean. Sticky fingers and the odd stray crayon mark can easily find themselves on the walls, so it’s worthwhile choosing a paint that you know can be easily cleaned. Many manufacturers now make paints especially for kids’ bedrooms in mind.
Make storage a priority
Kids generally like to amass lots of toys, so if you want to keep their bedroom neat and tidy and in some kind of order, it makes sense to get a decent storage system in place. Colourful boxes are easily stackable and can hide away a multitude of plastic, either in cupboards or under the bed, so incorporate this as part of your design process.
Pay attention to the bed
When it comes to designing any bedroom, you’ll need to focus on the bed, as this is a focal point of any bedroom. Kids beds come in all shapes and sizes, so you don’t necessarily have to opt for a boring basic one. Popular these days are bunk beds that give you desk and storage space underneath. But if your child likes to have friends over for sleepovers then opt for one where you can store a mattress away underneath for easy access.